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Thanks for your comment Nick. From my point of view this makes things a bit worse. Is the way out better sponsors and advertisers, or lower rugby salary levels beyond AUS…? 🏉

ANALYSIS: Australian Super Rugby teams and the game of snakes and ladders

The NZR teams outperform the RugbyAU teams in several items and it does not seem to be a circumstantial or momentary situation. I think the Australian sides need to do some damage control to relaunch their competitive status. But this could take years and the business may not be ready for this. Meanwhile, rugby flows in every field and in every small club in some Australian province, and that is what matters to continue generating talent.

ANALYSIS: Australian Super Rugby teams and the game of snakes and ladders

Thank you for your comment Geoff…! I think the important thing is the speed with which you adopt the innovations that suit the consolidation of your game, no matter where it comes from. But the skills required must align with innovation, and that sometimes makes teams want to play a type of game that doesn’t suit their current setup. We will see how the development of SuperRugbyPacific continues. Greetings…!

The Wrap: Everything that worked and didn’t work in Super Round

Thanks Geoff, Excellent look…!
A fact to take into account and analyze, tells us that the Aussies sides are surpassed in all aspects of the game by the New Zealanders, with the exception of the average meters of carries and some other items in which they remain close (possession kicked and effectiveness in ruck resolution). The greater possession kicked may be due to the more defensive attitude of the Australian teams, but the resolution of rucks is synonymous with the fact that they are executed at a slower pace than the Kiwi teams (more speed = chances of penalties).
#BLUvMOA the best of the best, and game plans to applaud both teams.

The Wrap: Everything that worked and didn’t work in Super Round

Hello Carlin…! Good point you mention about the foreign look al the game problems in CRU. The internal culture of the group must supported by a critical look to obtain better results. In any case, i think that CRU is very far from the ´end´, since sucess is generate good mechanisms to replicate in results and in the game. Perhaps CRU situation is common to all sides of NZR, with nuances.

Is this the beginning of the end of the Crusaders?

I risk my own list only up to the third position, expecting some surprises from MOA. 1- BLU | 2- BRU | 3- CRU

Tane's got game: Will Edmed keep Tahs' No.10 spot as 'a few more nerves' kick in for Kiwi clashes?

How are you RugbyTryLover…! I think that the Kiwi teams are specialists in the execution of unstructured play, and we can see it reflected in their effectiveness. The ratio between a team’s total attacks, including turnovers, and breaks generated, shows them to be clear winners. We will have a very interesting Rd.10 to analyze.

Tane's got game: Will Edmed keep Tahs' No.10 spot as 'a few more nerves' kick in for Kiwi clashes?

Good morning Brett…! The time to contrast Kiwi and Aussies skills is a few hours away. The greater skill of the New Zealanders to execute the breakdown is notorious and visible. But the faster management speed increases the risk of penalties, which is where the sides match up. Regarding the kicking game, I think that the sides that cause the most problems in the opponent are BRU, BLU and HIG, while the islanders teams prefer not to use kicks. Regards 🏉

An incomplete and non-exhaustive list of things Australian teams must do against NZ teams

A good red Wine should never be lacking, especially in the late afternoon 🏉 👍

Winter is coming: can Aussie teams compete on even terms with New Zealand?

Hello Nick, and thanks for this analysis…!
I think it’s a different scenario than 2021, with the ‘Aussies’ sides building from resilience and the ‘Kiwis’ renewing their squads. BRU became much more aggressive and clinical at the same time, with an excellent rate of success beyond 22 M Opp. With some similar sets of game indicators, it is correct that NZR teams are more accurate in unstructured play and especially on the counterattack. CRU is a clear exponent of that kind of skill. But my attention is on the progress of the FOR and BLU attack. This next SuperRound will be especially a turning point for the better prepared teams to distance themselves from those who will necessarily fall by the wayside. My preferences continue with the RED, the BLU and the island teams.
I believe that the differences are no longer the product of innate talent or organization, but are in the hands of the quality of individual and collective performances.

Winter is coming: can Aussie teams compete on even terms with New Zealand?

That’s right Harry…! Until Rd.06 both teams were leading in terms of effectiveness and finishing with 51% (BRU) and 50% (RED) of their penetrations at 22 M Opp converted into tries. I’m still processing the Rd.07.

The Wrap: Betting it all on Red and the rise of the Waratahs

Thanks Geoff, great work…! I think the gap between the NZRugby and RugbyAU sides has narrowed. For the betterment of the Australians and for the stagnation of the New Zealanders. The best use of the counterattack is one of the points to analyze. But, as you pointed out in the article, in the TurnOvers Won/Points Scored ratio, the Kiwi teams are still ahead, led by CHI and HUR. This SuperRugbyPacific is very interesting.

The Wrap: Betting it all on Red and the rise of the Waratahs

Thanks for your comment Panana…! Coinciding with your analysis, I would like to add that the cohesion levels would naturally increase, and with them the positional performances of each player would be enhanced. Would they be prepared to play matches with greater intensity, speed and better technique…? I am convinced that yes and that it is only about time. I remind you that Jaguares required 4 years of development to obtain the planned game.

The DNA of Super Rugby's Pacific franchises

RWC2023 is the goal. My consideration of ´Remarkable´ is based on the kicking game that we could see in 2021 in Wallabies and SuperRugbyAU, which I considered disappointing Nick. Greetings and thanks for the levels of analysis of your article.

Why no man is an island: backfield dynamics in Super Rugby Round 6

Hello Nick…! The changes in backfield management have been healthy for the Australian sides, including the kicking game. They are giving opponents more problems in their kicks reception than the New Zealand side is currently causing. Based on my tracking, Brumbies are the most successful in this challenge. Remarkable adjustments and remarkable progress, without a doubt.

Why no man is an island: backfield dynamics in Super Rugby Round 6

Don’t lose hope in literature and keep traveling…! Ultimately it is the same thing.

When Harry went to Twickers: Uncomfortable and hostile but being there gives more than it takes

Tremendous chronicle Harry…! Misrepresenting our unforgettable Jules Verne, we could talk about Around the Day in eighty worlds starting at Twickenham, right…?

When Harry went to Twickers: Uncomfortable and hostile but being there gives more than it takes

Certainly Harry…! IRE is relentless when they enter 22 M. Opp.: their effectiveness rate, evaluated in tries, is 52%. So far it is the highest in the competition.

Engineered and precise, big, bold and brash: The French are closing in on RWC greatness

Hi Harry, excellent work: incredible style and great depth…!
Nothing is spontaneous in professional sports, much less in rugby today. I would like to return to the Carries, Passes and Meters Gained statistics that you mentioned, since when combined with other variables we can obtain very interesting ratios. For example, the relationship between Clean Breaks and Passes shows us that FRA has one of the best ratios generating a break every 23 passes. It is followed by IRE with 31. Another interesting ratio is the average number of meters each French carry generates: 4.4M. But the most interesting stat after 3 rounds of #SixNationsRugby is still the average number of carries that FRA ´needs´ to penetrate to 22 Meters Opp.: 9.4 carries, followed by 12.8 from IRE.
France look like a charmingly unbeatable team in these instances. We’ll see what happens on the way to #RWC2023.

Engineered and precise, big, bold and brash: The French are closing in on RWC greatness

Hello Oliver, how are you…! Good review of the 3rd round of #SixNationsRugby. I’d like to focus on your comment about the current ENG game, as it clearly lacks conversion power. Against WAL they reached the 22 M Opp zone 7 times and scored just 8 points on those visits. But I suppose there is something more worrying for the fans. Combining in the same indicator the carries made with defenders beaten, we reach the conclusion that only 14% of the Carries in ENG managed to beat welsh defenders: something quite far from the ratios of FRA (26% vs SCO and 19% in # SixNationsRugby) and SCO (19% vs FRA and 18% at #SixNationsRugby). ENG needs the power of Manu Tulagi…? Probably yes. But a national team contender for #RWC2023, who fail to capitalize properly on visits to 22M Opps, could be eliminated in the first group stage.

The Marcus Smith Show, French add a new edge and Scotland fail again: 6N Talking Points

Excellent review Brett…! In this #SuperRugbyPacific I closely follow DRU and FOR for different reasons. The evolution of the DRU game as it was inserted into #SuperRugbyPacific and the persistence of the FOR game. DRU has played at the same pace as played in NRC in 2019, but we got the call about his physical power. On the other hand, the FOR game has always been a border game: always about to make the leap in quality and volume that needed to position its style. I still think that FOR has problems in the ability to define in 22 M Opp. based on his expansive game (28% effectiveness in #SuperRugbyTransTasman 2021). I celebrate the return of the competition in the Southern Hemisphere.

Tasty Tahs, a Rebel with promise and reality check for new boys as SRP off to a slow start

Excellent analysis Oliver…! I think that the French masterstroke was based on 3 key pillars: the management of the defensive breakdown, defensive efficiency and a high level of concentration during the 80 minutes of play. FRA drastically stopped the continuity of the IRE breakdown and defended effectively in the tackle instance. Concentration throughout the game is always the Achilles heel of a Latin team. The Pumas and Italy, for example, suffer from prolonged lapses in concentration. I think FRA handled that situation better, except for Mack Hansen’s try.

France's big boppers bring home bacon, Irish miss Sexton edge, Eddie's balance still lacking: 6N Talking Points

Hello Harry, very sharp your article…! RFU had the chance to question and separate Eddie Jones following England’s failure at 6Nations2021. Apparently no one even dared to question it. Today would seem late, unless Eddie himself writes his own resignation.

He has grudges, grievances and pets, but how does Eddie Jones still have his job as England coach?

That’s right, Carlos. I imagine a similar scenario this time. Who I do not imagine is Cheika as the captain of this trip.

'If you're humble it's what you have to do': Argentina coach's classy call after record defeat

Giving a new meaning to the geolocation of Los Pumas is giving life to the business that supports us. But we must also redesign a plan to improve the degree of cohesion, restructure the game plan and the development of associated skills. It seems simple, but it is not.

'If you're humble it's what you have to do': Argentina coach's classy call after record defeat

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